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● 17th March 2022 – ArtWatch

Expect spectacular scenes tomorrow evening as the six month run up to the Commonwealth Games begins on a high.

Wondrous Stories are set to fall from the sky as dance-circus company, MotionHouse collaborate with 15 iconic performance companies to bring the city a dazzling aerial display across the week.

The free to attend performance will be starting at 7pm at Centenary Square just outside Birmingham Library and spectators can expect a 50 minute show in the sky as this open-air performance takes off.
This project has been led by legendary Artistic Director Kevin Finnan MBE, and features additional choreography from Jammal Burkman from Phoenix Dance Company and Sonia Sabri best known for her work at Sonia Sabri Dance Company.

A cast of over 100 are set to perform alongside MotionHouse, from leading dance and theatre companies Critical Mass, Freewheelin, MotionHouse Youth, Sampad and DanceXchange.

Led by DanceXchange in collaboration with Arts Connect and Dance Development Leaders Group (DDLG), Critical Mass is made up of dancers aged between 16 and 30, a third of which self-identify as D/deaf or disabled. The group will also perform at the Opening Ceremony of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and at other events during the Birmingham 2022 Festival.

If stunning circus displays weren’t enough, live spoken word performances will be accompanying by acclaimed Midlands based poets Raza Hussain and Sebbie Mudhai.

Digital projections will be provided by Logela Multimedia which features Birmingham’s Choir With No Name, soundtracks by Sophy Smith and Tim Dickinson and designer Sophie Donaldson collaborates with students from Birmingham City University on the costumes.

Witness this magical event for yourself tomorrow at Centenary Square, 7pm.

For anybody who can’t make it in person, the entire event will be live streamed. As this is an outdoor event, audience members are urged to wrap up warmly for the weather.

If you’re unable to attend tomorrow evening, but still want to see it live there will be additional opportunities for viewing on:

18th,  19th and 20th March at 6:30pm and 8pm

To keep up with the rest of the Birmingham Festival’s itinerary, be sure to follow their website for regular updates, and keep your eyes peeled for more content on upcoming Commonwealth related events.

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